Salford-Hartlepool. Valencia-Barcelona, Man United legend Gary Neville’s busy weekend

Salford City's co-manager Anthony Johnson and co-owner Gary Neville (right)
Salford City's co-manager Anthony Johnson and co-owner Gary Neville (right)

New Valencia boss Gary Neville is set to fly back from Spain to support Salford City in their FA Cup clash with Hartlepool United.

The ex-Man United full-back was unveiled as the new manager of the La Liga side until the end of the season.

I think Gary going to Valencia is a brilliant move and a very brave one

ANTHONY JOHNSON

Neville is a co-owner of Salford, along with brother Phil and ex-Man United team-mates Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.

Gary is expected to be in the crowd at Moor Lane tomorrow night before flying back to Spain for Valencia v Barcelona on Saturday.

Salford joint-manager Anthony Johnson feels it is a “brilliant move” for Gary Neville and is confident it will not be a problematic situation for the non-league club.

Asked if he had any concerns that Neville’s new commitments in Spain might have any kind of negative effect on the Ammies, Johnson said: “No, I don’t think so.

“The general running of the club will still be done by the chairman Karen Baird, the chairman, and the existing committee. Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs are still in England and close to it, and Phil still comes over even though he has been in Valencia.

“I think Gary going to Valencia is a brilliant move and a very brave one, and what Gary gives in terms of his knowledge shown on television and what he gives to England, he can now put into management.

“I think it’s a fantastic opportunity.”